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Potential Role of Reversion-Inducing Cysteine-Rich Protein with Kazal Motifs (RECK) in Regulation of Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) Expression in Periodontal Diseases

Nian Liu, Bin Zhou, Guangxun Zhu

Department of Stomatology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2016; 22:1936-1938

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.896546

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Published: 2016-06-07

ABSTRACT: Periodontal diseases are characterized by pathological destruction of extracellular matrix (ECM) of periodontal tissues. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a significant part of the degradation of ECM. However, the regulation of MMPs expression level in periodontal diseases is as yet undetermined.
RECK (reversion-inducing cysteine-rich protein with Kazal motifs), a novel membrane-anchored inhibitor of MMPs, could regulate the expressions of MMP-2, 9 and MT1-MMP as a cell surface-signaling molecule. Thus, we propose that RECK may play an important role in regulating MMPs in the ECM degradation of periodontal diseases. The RECK/MMPs signaling pathway could provide a new approach for prevention and treatment of RECK in periodontal diseases by blocking MMPs.

Keywords: GPI-Linked Proteins - metabolism, Extracellular Matrix - metabolism, Matrix Metalloproteinase 14 - metabolism, Matrix Metalloproteinase Inhibitors - metabolism, Matrix Metalloproteinases - metabolism, Periodontal Diseases - metabolism